Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for its signature weekly series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and community leaders, and experts from the Global South. Hosted and facilitated by Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse, the series also aligns with a course they will co-teach this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School on Economic Justice: Theory and Practice.
- Camila Nobrega | Brazilian journalist
- Nnimmo Bassey | Nigerian architect, environmental activist, and public sector practitioner
- Vandria Garcia Borari | Defender of indigenous rights; Member of the human rights organization Terra de Direitos
Camila Nobrega is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin, fostering Latin-American feminist theories and practices to research the impact of media narratives on social-environmental conflicts. Specialized journalist on social-environmental issues, she was an environmental reporter from O Globo Newspaper and has also published articles in several international media platforms, such as The Guardian, Mongabay, Le Monde Diplomatique, among others. Based in between Germany and Brazil, she also works with text, photography and video to develop projects with grassroots networks towards new narratives and media democratization.
Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian architect, environmental activist, and public sector practitioner. He is the director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013). He received the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize,” the 2012 Rafto Human Rights Award, and Nigeria’s national honor as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2014 recognizing his environmental activism. Bassey received an honorary doctorate from the University of York, United Kingdom in July 2019. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and has authored books on the environment, architecture, and poetry. His books include two volumes of poetry—We Thought It Was Oil, But It was Blood (Kraft Books, 2002), and I Will Not Dance to Your Beat (Kraft Books, 2011)—as well as To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) and Oil Politics: Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016).
Vandria Garcia Borari is a defender of indigenous rights and member of the human rights organization Terra de Direitos, a Human Rights organization working to defend, promote and seek enforcement of rights, especially economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. Graduated in Law from the Federal University of West Pará, Vandria is also a great ceramist of Tapajonic art and part of the Surara do Tapajós women's collective. The Surara collective has existed since 2016 and is composed of 30 women from 14 indigenous groups, who fight for autonomy and empowerment of indigenous women, to realize respect for the human rights of the peoples of the Lower Tapajós river.
Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.